The Apple Grower

The Apple Grower

A Guide for the Organic Orchardist

Book - 2005
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For decades fruit growers have sprayed their trees with toxic chemicals in an attempt to control a range of insect and fungal pests. Yet it is possible to grow apples responsibly, by applying the intuitive knowledge of our great-grandparents with the fruits of modern scientific research and innovation.

Since The Apple Grower first appeared in 1998, orchardist Michael Phillips has continued his research with apples, which have been called "organic's final frontier." In this new edition of his widely acclaimed work, Phillips delves even deeper into the mysteries of growing good fruit with minimal inputs. Some of the cuttingedge topics he explores include:

The use of kaolin clay as an effective strategy against curculio and borers, as well as its limitations Creating a diverse, healthy orchard ecosystem through understory management of plants, nutrients, and beneficial microorganisms How to make a small apple business viable by focusing on heritage and regional varieties, value-added products, and the "community orchard" model

The author's personal voice and clear-eyed advice have already made The Apple Grower a classic among small-scale growers and home orchardists. In fact, anyone serious about succeeding with apples needs to have this updated edition on their bookshelf.

Publisher: White River Junction, Vt. : Chelsea Green Pub. Co., c2005
Edition: Rev. and expanded ed
ISBN: 9781931498913
Branch Call Number: 634.11 P55a1
Characteristics: xv, 343 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), col. map ; 26 cm

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Jun 27, 2010

A lot of heritage apples are mentioned, as well as familiar cultivars. It gives examples of how just a few miles can make a difference on the result, because of soil or weather. Much useful information on identifying and dealing with insects and diseases.

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